The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530F) Smartphone Review

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The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Overall Performance, Our Verdict & Award

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 AnTuTu benchmark results

AnTuTu Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro
TOTAL SCORE 175422 79619 65302 41952
3D SCORE 74336 17381 13431 8282
– 3D (Marooned) 43953 9977 8230 5915
– 3D (Garden) 30383 7404 5201 2367
UX SCORE 52159 24625 24848 14099
– UX Data Secure 7996 7271 6226 4655
– UX Data Process 5866 5758 3404 2328
– UX Strategy Games 11165 4032 4611 1143
– UX Image Process 22716 3743 7291 3585
– UX I/O Performance 4416 3821 3316 2388
CPU SCORE 38513 28827 21357 14940
– CPU Mathematics 10996 8545 4304 2964
– CPU Common Use 10939 7960 7150 5180
– CPU Multi-Core 16578 12322 9903 6796
RAM 10414 8786 5666 4631
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Like all mid-range SoCs, the Samsung Exynos 7885 has a decent, albeit unexceptional, graphics processor – the ARM Mali-G71 in this case. Even so, it is about 29% faster than the Qualcomm Adreno 506 used in the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, and twice as fast as the Qualcomm Adreno 505 used in the ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

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Our Verdict & Award

In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is a lite version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Price Check). The Galaxy A8 2018 boasts many of its key features – the same metal and glass design, an Infinity Display, IP68 dust- and water-resistance. and the new, improved battery.

Even with greater scrutiny and safety protocols in place, Samsung managed to squeeze in a plethora of new technologies into the Galaxy S8.

The Infinity Display is almost bezel-less and covers almost all of the front aspect. This also allows Samsung to increase the display size while reducing the size of the device. The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) has a large 5.6″ display in a form factor that equivalent to a regular 5″ device. It makes for a better fit for smaller hands, and most pockets.

The display also comes with the new 18.5 : 9 aspect ratio, which is useful for viewing two different screens at the same time, but introduces pillarboxing when you watch movies. Samsung allows you to stretch the videos to fit the entire screen, but you will lose the upper and lower parts of the videos. So it’s a trade-off.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) appears to be using a similar rear camera to the Galaxy A7 2017 albeit with a newer 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor. It is paired with a fast f/1.9 lens and a single LED flash. As expected from recent Samsung models, the photographic quality is excellent. The only downside – some autofocus issues while recording video.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Smartphone Review

The main difference in the photography department though is its new dual camera setup in the front. This makes it a direct competitor of selfie-focused smartphones like the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

In this respect, it offers a very high-resolution 16 MP main selfie camera, with a high-resolution 8 MP wide-angle camera. Its dual selfie camera setup is, arguably, one of the better ones we’ve tried.

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We also love what Samsung did with its battery. The Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) comes with a relatively small 3,000 mAh battery, but it lasted more than 12 hours in our stress test! That is 3.5 hours longer than the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, which also has a 3,000 mAh battery. Best of all – you can completely recharge it in less than 1.5 hours!

The fingerprint sensor, while now centrally located, is still awkward to use. We recommend that Samsung move the fingerprint sensor lower, and opt for a more accurate sensor, in the next version.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is Samsung’s answer to Millennial generation’s fascination with selfies. While they’re relatively late to the game, they came literally with both guns blazing. And they paired it with an Infinity Display and IP68 dust- and water-resistance. That’s something no other selfie-focused smartphone can boast.

That’s why we think the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Job well done, Samsung!

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